Dean of Nursing Completes Prestigious Nationwide Leadership Program

Dr-NovotnyJeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), has successfully completed a world-class academic development program for leaders in nursing.

Forty competitively selected fellows from across the U.S. participated in the four-day 2016 Wharton Executive Leadership Program, which took place at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

“It was a privilege and honor to be selected for this program and spend time with select colleagues from across the country to share common problems and come up with solutions,” Novotny said. “As leaders in nursing, we learned to enhance our strategic leadership and negotiation skills from the outstanding Wharton School faculty.”

The rigorous retreat is designed to provide the concepts and tools necessary to advance to a higher level of leadership. Lessons addressed issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building enterprising relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants leave the program equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, and the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards.

“This was a valuable experience because it exposed us to ways of thinking outside of our discipline,” Novotny continued. “The Wharton School is the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world and is recognized for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation. While business is a unique field, it has much in common with other industries, like nursing.”

Novotny, who was named dean of the GGHSON in 2013, holds a doctorate from Kent State University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University. She also served as dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield University from 2001 to 2011.

The Wharton Fellowship is headed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a nationwide organization that promotes nursing education and leadership to improve health care.